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Village of Port Chester celebrates bicentennial of Peruvian independence
August 5, 2021 at 6:59 a.m.
Port Chester Mayor Luis Marino, Rye Town Justice José Castaneda, both born in Peru, Port Chester Trustee Frank Ferrara, County Executive George Latimer and Trustee Joan Grangenois-Thomas hold the Peruvian flag in preparation for its raising on the flagpole in Liberty Square on Wednesday, July 28 to celebrate the bicentennial of Peru’s proclamation of independence from Spain in 1821. State Senator Shelley Mayer and Trustee Bart Didden also participated in the flag raising.
Armonia del Peru plays the Star Spangled Banner to recognize the country that welcomed the Peruvian immigrants and then the Peruvian national anthem as the flag is raised.
Members of the mostly Peruvian crowd assembled for the celebration put their hands over their hearts and sing the national anthem as Mayor Marino raises the flag.
Mayor Luis Marino, standing next to MC Carmen Guevara of Elmsford, welcomes the crowd assembled in Liberty Square to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Peru’s independence.
Siblings Gianmarco Soto, 15, and Kayla Soto, 12, of Westchester Avenue, Port Chester, dance the Marinera from northern Peru at the celebration.
Another set of dancers wows the crowd.
An older Peruvian woman claps to the music.